All sorts of features dealing with artists from the (far) North, Scandinavia, Finland, Iceland etc
Accidental after-show conversation with Mika Lammassaari from Mors Subita on evolution of personal style, the perception of music and why to go on writing albums. We also spoke of the soon-to-be-released album "Origin Of Fire" and the release tour.
On August 18th, Iceland’s metal giants Skálmöld will release their sixth studio album, “Ýdalir”. It is their first album in five years and is inspired by several Icelandic sagas and Norse mythology, such as the poem Grímnismál. So you can call it a concept album. On the same day Skálmöld will perform at the Summer Breeze Open Air in Germany.
After a long wait the progressive black metal eccentrics Dødheimsgard are back with an LP titled “Black Medium Current”. It is great to see the band consistently putting out great music even after almost thirty years of existence. It can be a bit much to take in at a first listen, however, repeated listens are rewarding - which is kind of what prog-metal music-nerds who write and read reviews like this seek anyway… So kick back and dive into this monumental piece of blackened/progressive metal art.
Interview on a black winter night in Berlin with Olli-Pekka “Oppu” Laine from Amorphis. How has he been in the pandemic years, the anniversary of Privilege of Evil, English issue of the Amorphis biography and naturally his other bands, such as Barren Earth.
Meet the Turmion Kätilöt and their brothers of Bloodred Hourglass on their tour stop in Berlin. Take a look behind the scenes with us and experience the metamorphosis of men into stage creatures.
With Finntroll, Skálmöld and their support band Brymir a very fitting package is touring all over Europe these days. Let’s check on their Berlin tour stop and also cast short glance on Skálmöld’s 10th “Börn Loka” anniversary shows recently in Reykjavik.
The Dark River Festival is a unique metal festival and as such deserves a report outstanding from the mass of exchangeable reviews - this time in form a letter to one of the founders of the DRF: Lauri. Enjoy sharing the letter with him.
Northern Genocide is an industrial melodic death metal band from Lahti/Finland. The interview reveals their band’s heart and soul, tormented by the “shitty condition of the world” but fuelled by mutually inspired creative energy.